New teachers bring enthusiasm to small schools

The Eagle/HEATHER SHEEDY<br> Long Creek's new staff members include (from left) Cade Burnette, Scott Zarnegar, Ryan Preuit and Jeanine Wilder.


Ryan Preuit is a new/old face at Long Creek school; he student taught there last spring. This fall, he fills the position as math and physics teacher.

Preuit grew up at Eagle, Idaho, and graduated from Meridian High School. He received a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Idaho. After college he worked for four years in the retail lumber industry. He was a millwork specialist in the Lewiston area, employed in mid-management. To help out an ailing friend, he moved to Hereford and for two years worked in ranching.

After returning to Eastern Oregon University he became certified to teach advanced mathematics and integrated sciences with a minor in secondary education.

The Preuit family lives at Ritter and enjoys horses. Ryan's wife of 10 years, Ann, was active in rodeoing at Boise State. As a sideline, Ryan is a farrier. The couple has two sons, 6-year-old Cole and 3-year-old Ryan.

Ryan anticipates a "real positive future" for Long Creek School and is impressed with the social network of this year's staff.

Scott Zarnegar recently arrived for the first time to the "wild" side of Oregon. His experience at Long Creek School with 60 students will be a long way from teaching at the inner-city schools in Virginia, with 30+ students in classes and a student population of 1,600.

This year, he will focus his skills on instructing seventh- through 12th-grade students in biology and life sciences and will teach electives such as American literature, journalism and creative writing, including work with the annual staff.

Zarnegar was born in New Jersey and received a bachelor's degree in English literature with a minor in psychology from the College of William and Mary at Williamsburg, Va. He earned his master's degree in education in May 2000 from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Although this is his first time to Eastern Oregon, Zarnegar spent time in Eugene in 1997. He loves the outdoors and hiking with his dog, Ozark, and does "tons of reading."

Zarnegar noted the almost instant rapport and flexibility among the staff at Long Creek School.

Jeanine Wilder grew up on a ranch at Lakeside and attended North Bend High School. She attended Eastern Oregon University for five years, graduating this year.

Her senior thesis was written on the historical differences of the way cowboys dress east and west of the Cascades. As a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society, Wilder wrote "Reins, Riggings and Reatas, The Outfit of the Great Basin Buckaroo," and won at the regional conference. In 2001 she was honored to present a shortened version of her paper at the American Historical Society's annual convention held in Canada.

Wilder participated in speech in high school and college and will work with Long Creek students interested in speech and debate. Her main focus will be teaching English to seventh- through 12th graders and she also will instruct home economics classes, and also seventh- and eighth-grade courses about computers and grammar.

As a youngster, Wilder was active in 4-H and raised animals. Lately, she's been thinking about getting a small to medium short-haired puppy.

Cade Burnette is no stranger to Long Creek. He grew up on a ranch at Ritter and graduated from Long Creek High School in 1997. After 18 years in this school system, it feels like home.

Burnette is so comfortable that he even stayed home to further his education. Through extended programs from the John Day office of Eastern Oregon University, he was able to complete all his studies locally, except two terms at EOU.

He received a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a minor in psychology and health. His Master of Teacher Education was competed in 2002.

Burnette gained experience teaching students speech and language for four years and this will be his third year for the Title I program. He's has worked with students 3 years old to high school seniors. This year, he'll spend his mornings teaching kindergarten and pre-school; afternoons will be devoted to speech and language arts. He's eager to put new ideas to work and is ready for school to start.

He and his wife of five years, Sally, have two children, 2-year-old Faith and 3-month-old Jayce. Cade obviously loves his community and enjoys spending spare time with his family.

DAYVILLE SCHOOL  Eric Albro spent most of his life at Elkton and graduated from high school in 1970. He served in the United States Air Force for four years and was employed at International Paper for 27 years as a trainer. Through the years, he has attended various colleges and in 2002 received his master's degree in education from the University of Oregon.

In his first year of teaching at Dayville School, Albro will teach sixth- through eighth-grade students in all subjects except eighth-grade math.

With this new 15-student assignment, he will implement an interdisciplinary program which will develop the whole person - let the students develop "as themselves."

So far he's impressed with Dayville students and said, "It's nice to see the kids very involved in the community." He hopes to expand that strong point into even more community interaction.

In his spare time, Albro enjoys outdoor sports such as hiking, hunting and fishing. He's new to Eastern Oregon, although he's traveled through Grant County on his way to/from sporting events.

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